Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Finance & Services

Finance & Services


The role of financial logics, institutions and practices in recent economic and political upheavals reaffirms the urgent necessity to better understand the economic, social, political, cultural and environmental relations of money that shape livelihoods and patterns of national, international, urban and regional development. CURDS research is exploring the growing visibility and centrality of financial institutions, agents and practices in urban and regional development. Key issues concern how financial systems interact with other social and economic issues, the governance of financial institutions and how different models and forms of financial innovation can support inclusive growth.


Finance & Services

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 0102

Dr Stuart Dawley
Reader in Economic Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7735

Dr Peter O'Brien
Senior Research Associate

Telephone: 0191 208 3255

Professor Andy Pike
Sir Henry Daysh Chair of Reg Dev Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8011

Professor Jane Pollard
Professor of Economic Geography

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5876


  • Martin RL and Pollard JS (2017) Handbook on Geographies of Money and Finance, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar

  • Poon, J, Pollard JS, Chow J and Ewers M, (2016) The rise of Kuala Lumpur as an Islamic financial frontier, Regional Studies, 10.1080/00343404.2016.1214254

  • Pollard JS, Datta K and James A (2015) Islamic charitable infrastructure and giving in East London: everyday economic-development geographies, Journal of Economic Geography, 1-26.

  • Dawley SJ, Marshall JN, Pike A, Pollard JS and Tomaney J, (2014) The Labour Market Impact of the Run on Northern Rock: Continuity and Evolution in an old Industrial Region, Regional Studies, 14, 1, 154-172

  • Christopherson S, Martin R and Pollard JS (2013) Financialisation:  Roots and Repercussions, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 6, 3, 351-357

  • Pollard JS (2013) Gendering capital: financial crises, financialization and (an agenda for) economic geography, Progress in Human Geography, 37, 3, 403 - 423

  • Pollard JS and Samers M (2013) Governing Islamic finance: territory, agency and the making of cosmopolitan financial geographies, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 103,3, 710-726

  • Marshall JN, A Pike, JS Pollard, J Tomaney, S Dawley  (2012) Placing the run on the Rock, Journal of Economic Geography, 12, 1, 157-181

Projects & Reports

Henry, N., Sissons, P., Coombes, M., Ferreira, J. and Pollard, J. (2014) Building the Financial Exclusion Jigsaw Puzzle: An Analysis of Disclosed Bank Lending Data, Draft Final Report, October 2014